News & Public Affairs

Tuesday June 30, 2015


As the number of US military killed in Iraq continues to rise, one number that is not reported to the press is the number of civilian contractors who are killed or injured in the war. This week, Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and root, one of the US military’s biggest subcontractors, held a recruiting session in Tampa. Peter Howard, is with the special projects group for KBR. He travels the country recruiting for Halliburton. They hope to recruit 75-100 people during the 3 day...

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Cindy Sheenans vigil outside President Bush’s ranch has inspired hundreds of solidarity actions across the country, and tonight a series of peace vigils in support of Sheenan will be held in the Tampa Bay area at 7:30 pm. There will be a St Pete peace vigil at Cresent lake park, at 22nd avenue north between 5th and 7th st north, one in Tampa at the corner of Bayshore and Bay to Bay, in Ruskin at Highway 41 & Shellpoint Road, in largo at the Corner of Seminole Blvd. & West Bay Drive,...

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Discussion of Hartline Referendum -Mitch E. Perry

The Hillsborough County Commission approved a motion today to study improving the County’s Bus System, HARTLINE, but did NOT agree to put a referendum on the service before voters, as had been rumored.

Commissioners spent over an hour discussing both their frustrations with the current bus service, but also their fears about taking away funding for the besieged transit service.

HARTLINE receives nearly 62% of its property tax revenue from taxpayers outside of Tam...

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Restoring The Lower Hillsborough River

For more than 40 years the flow over the dam into the lower Hillsborough River has not been enough to sustain the health of that part of the waterway. Another problem is that natural springs which once fed the river in Tampa have been diverted. The lack of fresh water in the lower Hillsborough has led to high salinity, fish kills and a lack of a healthy eco-system. Our guests are working to restore the flow of fresh water into the lower river. Phil Compton and John Ovink are with the group Fr...

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Tampa Going to Go Green in New Construction?-By Mitch E. Perry

A new organization in Tampa dedicated to promoting sustainable development issues, sponsored a meeting today (Tuesday) on defining “Green “ or environmentally friendly buildings , and discuss the economic, social and qualify of life benefits of going green.

The group - known as BEST - Built Environment for Sustainable Tampa- sponsored the session, in association with the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

John Toppe is the founding president of the Florida Gulf Coas...

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Our guest was Larry Brand, professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries at the University of Miami (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science). Brand is in the bay area to take some water samples in the gulf. Recent news reports indicate the massive red tide bloom that broke out in January is continuing to harm marine life off the coast of the bay area. Many deaths of sea turtles, manatees, fish and other marine life have been reported since the beginning of the year. Oxygen levels are...

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A controversial exhibit which displays dead human bodies is scheduled to open at the Tampa museum of Science and Industry this coming Saturday. Last week, Florida state attorney general Charlie Crist ruled that the state anatomical board has to approve the exhibit-- the board is having an emergency meeting to discuss the issue tomorrow. But this morning, MOSI opened up the museum to give the media a preview, and exhibit officials says no mater what, Bodies: the Exhibition will open as plann...

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Local Cindy Sheehan Protest- by Mitch E.Perry

For the past hour off of Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg, there has been a peaceful, sign waving demonstration in support of Cindy Sheehan, the California woman who has been holding a vigil near President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, trying to get an audience with the President.

Sheehan’s vigil, now in its 9th day, has received international attention as she vies to speak – again- to the President. Sheehan’s 24 year old son Casey was killed in Ira...

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SAMI AL ARIAN TRIAL--AUGUST 15TH 2005-Andrew Stelzer

The trial of Sami Al Arian and 3 other men accused of aiding the Palestinian Islamic Jihad continued today, with several witnesses flown in from Israel to testify. Today’s testimony centered around a bombing on January 22nd, 1995 at Betlid Junction in Israel, a transit station between Tel Aviv and Haifa. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing, in which 2 members of the PIJ blew themselves up at the crowded bus stop— 22 people were killed and 59 we...

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On today's sustainable living program we'll talk about Solar Cooking and a sustainable diet. Our first guest will be Paul Munsen, with Sun Ovens International, Elburn IL (800-408-7919); and then joining us in the studio will be Michelle LaFleur with Food for Life. She will be joined with Frank Tedesco to talk about a sustainable diet.

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